Gueladio and Ray-yu speak in Bhutan

Gueladio Cisse speaking during the Vegetables Go to School Policy Workshop in September 2013 at AVRDC headquarters.

Gueladio Cisse speaking during the Vegetables Go to School Policy Workshop in September 2013 at AVRDC headquarters.

Gueladio Cisse and Ray-yu Yang, two Vegetables Go to School partners, gave seminars to staff from the Bhutan Council for RNR Research of Bhutan (CoRRB) to promote the project and engage local participants.

Namgay Wangchuk, Director General for CoRBB, chaired the seminars, which were held on 3 April 2014 at the Migmar Hotel in Thimphu.

Dr. Ray-yu Yang, Nutritionist, AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center Taiwan, spoke about the Importance of Nutrition Among School Children Through School Gardening at 9.30 am in the hotel’s conference hall. She said children educated early in life about the benefits of healthy eating habits are not only nutritionally healthy, but are also better performers in academic subjects. Children who are exposed to gardening and grow their own vegetables are more likely to eat more vegetables when they grow up as adults (Bell & Dement, 2008; Koch et al., 2006).

Professor Dr. Gueladio Cisse, Research Group Leader at Swiss TPH, discussed the Importance of WASH (School Health Programme) in Enhancing Nutritional Outcome of School Gardens at 11:00 am.

It is estimated that 88% of diarrheal diseases are caused by unsafe water supplies, inadequate sanitation and hygiene (UNICEF 2009). Parasitic diseases pose major obstacles to children’s healthy growth and socioeconomic development of developing countries. These diseases are particularly common in children below the age of 15. There is a strong linkage between malnutrition and infection by disease-causing organisms such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites (Brown 2003). The nutritional benefits of a school vegetable garden program can be jeopardized if the school and household environment is not safe or if common major parasitic diseases in children are not controlled.

Gueladio highlighted the proposed case studies about the synergies of WASH interventions (School Health Programme) with agriculture production and consumption among school children.

CoRRB regularly organizes lectures and seminars to share scientific knowledge and provoke discussions among the audience that may include researchers, extension workers, policy makers, lecturers and others in the field of renewable natural resources.

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